"Going Legit" Business Primer


 "Going Legit" Business Primer Workshop by Robin Swanson. 


Time: 10 am - 4pm Sunday, Sept 25Oct 2nd!


This has been rescheduled to Oct 2nd to better accommodate some members Schedule! Please Make a note!  Book Early!

Location: TBD (La Canada Flintridge area)


Cost: Members: $55, Non Member $75, Lunch Included

"Going Legit" taught by our very own Robin Swanson (M.Photog Cr., CPP, CPA) will dimistify the questions we all have and don't know where to get the answers. This workshop is geared towards helping you start or transition your business into a legitimate business entity. Due to time constraints and the amount of information to cover, it will not be possible to address all issues specific to a certain business; rather, it is meant to be an overview and a guide to help the typical photographer who wants to take his/her business to the next level:

The things you must do to have a legitimate business and the order they should occur:

1.  Why should you go legit.  Tax consequences vs tax benefits.

2. What form should your busiess take? A brief overview of the different types of business entities: Sole Proproprietorship; Partnership; S-Corporation; C-Corporation

3. Ficticious Business Name.  Do you need one? How do you get it?

4. Business License - Do you need one? How do you get it?

5. Sellers Permit - YES...YOU NEED ONE! How to obtain one.

6. Business Checking Account: The importance of separating your business income and assets from your personal income and assets.

7. Accounting for your finances.  A brief overview of how you can account for your finances using Quickbooks.

8.  Sales and Use tax. 

9.  A brief discussion of different studio management softwares.

10. Insurance 

11.  Contracts
12. Drone: what you need to be "Legit" with flying drones. 


Members: $55

Members: $75



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This Workshop will be led by Robin Swanson, M.photog., Cr. and Certified Professional Photographer. Robin has received several Awards for Wedding Photography including: PPC Wedding Photographer of the Year, Kodak Gallery Elite Award, and the Heidi Marcher Starlight Award.










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